Episodes
Emily already had a child of her own, and she decided she wanted to be a surrogate mother. She signed up with an agency and was matched with a young couple in her area. She did a lot of research, and had an idea of what to expect. But what happened was not what she expected.
Published 10/08/21
Alex found himself trapped under an 1800 pound vehicle – injured, unable to move, and feeling very alone. Then he heard the voice of his best friend, Greg.
Published 09/24/21
Preview of Badlands Season 2: Sportsland – stories about the true crimes and unbelievable careers of some of the most famous athletes in the world.
Published 09/22/21
Tim Brown was a New York City firefighter for 20 years, then he was recruited by Mayor Giuliani to work in Emergency Management. So when the planes hit the Twin Towers on 9/11, Tim went into action. But like everyone else that morning, he had no idea what he was about to experience.
Published 09/10/21
Preview of Dan Taberski’s new podcast, 9/12 – a series about what happened the day *after* 9/11, and every day since.
Published 09/08/21
One Saturday morning, Victoria got a knock on her door. It was her former neighbors, and the news that they brought turned her world upside down.
Published 08/27/21
Most people don’t really know for sure how they would react in an emergency situation until they actually experience it. My guest for this episode, Jen, knows what she would do. One day at work, in a retail clothing store, she turned around and was facing the barrel of a gun.
Published 08/13/21
This is an off-week bonus episode. You’ll hear the story of Jessica and what happened when her fiancé Mike unexpectedly tested positive after they came home from a brief vacation with their five children.
Published 08/06/21
Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world. Since it sits near a major cargo ship route, it’s not uncommon for Somalian pirates to hijack a ship and demand ransom. My guest for this episode, Robert, was on a large ship near Somalia once when pirates attacked. What the pirates didn’t know was that they were trying to hijack a US Navy warship.
Published 07/30/21
Shareen felt trapped in her relationship with Jerome. He was unpredictable, violent and abusive but she couldn’t figure out how to escape. Finally she confided in a co-worker, and neither of them had any idea what they were in for that day.
Published 07/16/21
Michael and his 7 younger siblings lived in a small house in Tampa with their parents, Jamie and Vernon. In this episode, Michael describes the horrific child abuse that they endured, and which went undetected year after year. Then the kids came up with a plan to escape.
Published 07/02/21
Monica grew up in the Midwest, in a typical family with both of her parents. She never had any reason to question anything about her ancestry. Then she happened to try out one of those DNA kits, and she found out that what she thought was true for 40 years wasn’t really true at all.
Published 06/18/21
Ricky is married, well-educated and fully employed. He can certainly afford to buy groceries. But he does not spend any money on food. What he eats does not come from inside the grocery store, but rather from the big metal bin behind the store. Ricky told me all about the world of dumpster diving.
Published 06/04/21
Emily lives in Toronto. Like a lot of people, she usually gets nervous when she has to go through airport Customs, Immigration, and Security upon returning home from another country. But there was one time when she had a good reason to be stressed at the airport. Under her dress was about $150,000 worth of cocaine. And this experience led her into the business she runs today.
Published 05/21/21
Jeff was 16 years old. One of his high school classmates, Angela Correa, went missing and her body was discovered two days later. She had been raped, beaten and strangled to death. After an exceptionally long polygraph examination, Jeff confessed to the murder. At age 17, he was convicted and spent 16 years in prison. Only one thing – he was not the murderer.
Published 05/07/21
Monica and Kevin met by chance, and there was a chemistry between them. Monica felt very safe and comfortable with him, and her two young children loved him. Then something happened that no one could have expected.
Published 04/23/21
Imagine walking along a trail near the edge of a cliff with a steep dropoff. Suddenly your footing slips, you have nothing to grab on to, and you’re in free fall for a few seconds, and you land 100 feet (30 meters) on the rocks below. Gil told me exactly what that was like, from first-hand experience.
Published 04/09/21
Woniya knows how to survive. She was a contestant on Alone, Season 6 – Alone in the Arctic. She survived on her own for 73 days – building a shelter, finding food, and trying to stay warm in the vast cold Arctic winter. In this episode, she tells the story of how and why she enjoyed every minute of that experience.
Published 03/26/21
Daril was a rookie police officer in Denver. He was working on a quiet Sunday morning, and made a “routine” traffic stop that was anything but routine. The man he stopped had just escaped from prison and would do anything to avoid going back.
Published 03/12/21
Matt is a pilot. One day he was flying a small plane. For the first 30 minutes of the flight, everything seemed to be going fine. Then, as he flew over the Quebec wilderness, things went terribly wrong.
Published 02/26/21
Not a normal episode! A bunch of listeners called in their questions and I answered them.
Published 02/19/21
Deneen was the first car in line at a railroad crossing. She and her young girls, ages 4 and 2, were having fun and counting the coal-filled cars as the train rumbled by, just a few feet in front of them. Then Deneen realized that the train’s wheels were off the tracks, and 100 tons of coal was coming towards them.
Published 02/12/21
On December 26, 2004 there was a huge earthquake in the Indian Ocean. This caused massive waves to come ashore without warning in multiple countries. The 2004 tsunami killed more than 227,000 people. Aaron witnessed the disaster and was lucky to be among the survivors.
Published 01/29/21
Kira was walking to work on a downtown street. It was dark, because it was 3:30 am. She thought everything was fine. Then she realized she was not alone.
Published 01/15/21
As a resident of Alaska and an avid outdoorsman, Dan was very familiar with bears. He had even had a few encounters with bears in the wild, and knew how to stay safe in those situations. But one day he ran into an angry grizzly bear who changed his life forever.
Published 01/01/21